Family Tragedy

An email was sent out to all Blue Gum families on the evening of Thursday 16th May, outlining some very sad news the school had received earlier that day. One of our long-time Blue Gum families, who had taken this year off from our Hackett Campus to travel around Australia, were involved in a tragic accident near Coral Bay in WA. Both parents, Kathreen Ricketson and Robert Shugg, died in the accident; their children, Otilija and Orlando, are now in the care of relatives.

If you have not read this email, we encourage you to do so. At the Families and Friends of Blue Gum meeting last night we took some time to remember and pay tribute to Kathreen and Rob. Those from our community who are close to the family are working with their other networks to look at ways of supporting Otilija and Orlando and their extended family. There is a memory book at the front reception desk of our Hackett Campus, if you would like to send your condolences or memories of Kathreen and Rob to Otilija and Orlando. Friends of the family have set up a bank account, for Otilija and Orlando’s education and care, if you wish to make a donation –

BSB : 633-000
Account# : 149480667
Account Name : ITF Otilija and Orlando Shugg
Cheques and money orders can be sent to ITF Otilija and Orlando Shugg, PO Box 370, Dickson ACT 2602.

There will be a memorial for Kathreen and Robert next Monday the 27th of May at 1:30pm. It will be held at Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt.

Kathreen and Rob were amazing members of our small community and they will be sorely missed.


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